Hunting Clothing and Gear Stores Carry Both, and Each Comes With Its Own Strengths and Weaknesses
To anyone unfamiliar with the realm of hunting or archery in Ottawa, the very idea that there could be a controversy over the crossbow as a hunting implement compared to the traditional vertical bow might seem strange. But to the initiated, it makes a lot of sense – while they may seem like similar weapons from a distance, on closer inspection, they are actually very different. Each has its own distinct advantages, but the reverse is also true: each one comes with unique challenges, too. If you’re planning to take up hunting, and aren’t taking the route of rifle-hunting, it pays to know the differences between crossbows and vertical bows before you head down to your local supplier of weapons, tools, and hunting clothing.
The Vertical Bow
The most popular and widely-used bow today is the compound bow, a hunting weapon that uses cables and pulleys to help provide greater power. Preferred by many an enthusiast in archery, Ottawa’s hunters have long found this to be a reliable choice. The compound bow takes a long time to learn, and even longer to master, but if you work hard and are consistent with your practice, you can ultimately achieve superior accuracy with this as opposed to a crossbow. It doesn’t hurt that the compound bow has a much longer power stroke, i.e. the distance between the draw string at full draw and at rest. The longer the stroke, the faster the arrow will fly.
Other advantages to the traditional method is that it’s lighter and quieter – this makes it easier to carry aim while standing, and more forgiving of error. If you miss your shot, you’re less likely to scare away your prey.
If you’re imagining a medieval weapon, you’re a few centuries behind – what you’ll find at a hunting clothing and equipment retailer is actually a surprisingly modern hunting tool. Just ask Daryl Dixon from the Walking Dead! The biggest advantage of the modern crossbow is that it requires less time to master. While it’s never easy to become an ace shot, you’ll be able to hit the field much sooner. What it lacks in power stroke, the crossbow makes up for in its draw weight – the amount of force required to pull back the string. This can make them difficult to load, but it will remain loaded until you’re ready to take your shot. It also allows you to shoot from different positions not afforded by a traditional bow.
On the other hand, crossbows are larger, heavier, and noisier, and frequently require greater maintenance.
As with most things in life, there is no universally superior option. When it comes to archery in Ottawa, both compounds and crossbows offer positives and negatives, and the choice is purely a personal preference. Do you prefer a lighter option and are willing to take more time to master it? Or would you rather get started sooner with a heavier weapon? Only you can decide.